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Genie Francis Talks On Her Return To GH, Fans Outcry Of Support & Her All-Time Favorite Storylines

On Tuesday, Genie Francis participated in a Satellite Media Tour with television stations and press outlets around the U.S. chatting it up on her return to her iconic role of Laura on ABC’s General Hospital.

Francis, who quickly wrapped-up her run after she was taken off-contract with the show back in January of this year, saw her and Laura exit Port Charles swiftly in a story-move that felt stilted to the audience.

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After a huge outpouring of support on social media, GH fans cried foul on the play and wanted one of the series mainstays of all-time back where she belonged.

Francis elaborate it on that in our interview on seeing the show of support: “I couldn’t believe how long it went on and how big it was.  I think part of that was it looked like they were finally giving me a story with the major storyline, and then they yanked it so quickly, and I think people felt cheated.”

GH listened and brought Genie back to the canvas with a new storyline that puts her front and center on the series, as Laura is unaware that her husband Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) is locked up in Ferncliff, while his evil twin Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has taken his place. Now Laura is reeling from the strange behaviors being exhibited by her “husband”. Will she figure it out in time? Will she run for mayor again?

Photo Credit: ABC

During her conversation with Michael Fairman TV and the Michael Fairman Channel, Genie touched on what she knew was going to be happening for Laura when she came to the show: “I knew we were going to start with the Ryan beat, which I thought was great. Everyone loves a good sociopath (laughs) and Jon (Lindstrom) is a wonderful actor.  It makes for an exciting story!”

Genie goes on to say that she is: “Just happy to have story, because it’s awfully boring to just be hanging around. I don’t want to be window-dressing. If it came to that, I think I might just leave.”

As to if Laura has a vendetta against Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) who for all intent and purposes murdered her son, Nikolas, Genie weighed-in: “She absolutely has a vendetta. I think right now, Laura who has the biggest heart and is kind of like the heroine of the show in many ways –  but this is the one person on the planet who she truly hates, and it would be interesting if she had to go through the exercise of forgiving him, but I also like that there is that one place where we can see all of that negativity and evil come out. I like that Laura has a dark side.  I really like that.”

Courtesy/ABC

To find out some of Genie’s all-time favorite storylines and least favorite storylines and more on her return watch the video below and make sure to subscribe to The Michael Fairman Channel for more upcoming interviews.

What do you think about Genie’s return to GH thus far and the sentiments shared in this interview? Comment below.

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Soaphound
Soaphound

I’m overjoyed at Genie’s return. While I don’t like “evil twin” tales, it gives her something to get started with, that and the Mayoral race. I LOVE the way she “handles” Valentin (with a slap or a hand smash) and I hope they find a way for her to interact with Drew and/or Chase. Genie Francis brings class to the proceedings. We need that.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, yes, and yes!

su000
su000

I do not like Laurashe is hard to stomach..
3 friends stooped in and we watch GH together and when Ryan stabled her in the stomach and the knife was sticking in her all bloody, cheers when up!!
There was applause for Ryan..
but–
I said it’s just a dream/whatever they won’t kill Laura too many like her..
ahaa then Amber said ”well, when she is killed off we’ll have a Dead Laura cake and party!” LOL..
We really do not like Laura she is horrible; beyond horrible isshyuck..

So– it is different opinions not everyone loves the character..
And– it has nothing to do with the actress I know nothing of her to even have an opinion of her..
It’s the cringing character..
((I can’t even understand the liking of Laura))

But– for her fans, happy you got her back..

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

SuOOO
You are so darn funny! I’ve never been a big Laura fan, and could never figure out what all the hoopla was about. I can tolerate her in small doses, and might like her in real life, but Laura does not rock my boat.

su000
su000

hi Violet ..
there are more of us!
At work, today I mentioned Laura being the Mayor, and she will be, with great displeasure about it. And 2 others said that she really is yucky<-nicer word lol

If, her being the mayor makes her invisible as Ned has been, that would be good.

but- she is also loved by many and I would never have a Laura lover decorate my house ahaa

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

What? so000, that can’t be you. I’m disappointed at the unnecessarily catty comments. Genie is a person and an actor. She does not write the dialogue for the character of Laura. Sad face 🙁

su000
su000

Hi Nancy.. 🙂
I know nothing of Genie and my comment was about the character Laura, I do not like Laura.
That character irritates me, for just one thing lol

Harry
Harry

Oh Suoo, I just think you like to push people’s buttons. I am glad to see her again and she looks beautiful to me. I like that she’s fierce and fights the good fight but she was coming on a bit too strong with Valentin and in the mental ward for the criminally insane with Carly. Since when did those two become friends? Carly told Sonny about a year ago that she never liked Laura and suddenly Laura is calling her “sweetie” and they are skipping arm and arm with each other into the mental asylum. Bleh!!!

rose
rose

Harrry…Laura, LuLu, Dante, Sonny, Carly…guess even soap characters can find common ground sometimes. Actually I’m liking the more aggressive Laura when she needs to be.

AVP
AVP

& demanding to be let into patient’s rooms. This is just poor, lazy, writing-as usual, to give Laura Wright a scene to stomp in and out of room, and flip her hair!

Patrick
Patrick

“thank you” ^^^ “since when did those two become friends?” which will be even more bile when Laura is beholden to Carly when the truth is finally revealed.. that her real husband whom she’s been lusting overtly so.. to the dismay of “Ryan” who’s cringing open face @ the very sight of .

@Shelly and Chris : who are ruining every attempt they try @storyline… they should never have had Laura smothering “Ryan” which is making me cringe @ the reconciliation of “KEVIN” . YIKES it’s just not one of these easy on the eyes when Laura gets laid

hopefully at least Lulu will be happy for her

Tori
Tori

Love Laura*Kevin,the actors chemistry is top notch. So Laura is branching out,Carly lost a son and so did Laura,she’s friends with Sonny so why can’t she become friends with Carly. They’ve both grown up from years gone by when they worked and fought with each other. I like their coming together! Laura in my opinion hasn’t been smothering Ryan,she & Kevin had a very loving friendship & marriage,she comes home and the guy is totally opposite then he was the last time she spoke to him. He’s lying to her,running out on her every chance he gets when the real Kevin would of been celebrating her homecoming & would be wanting to spend as much time with her as possible. Besides she really missed him being gone for so long. If my husband changed into someone totally opposite of himself & was running out on me every chance he got which would make no sense & doing so many weird things so unlike himself I’d be wanting to find out what the heck was going on. He’s caught eating breakfast by himself having something Kevin didn’t like without asking his returning loving wife to join him is totally something Kevin wouldn’t do. Most people would be very suspicious of his actions & would be trying to help him or trying to find out what he was doing. I’ve only seen great romantic scenes between Laura*Kevin and her thousands of fans can’t wait to see more and we love them. Totally unnecessary to state negative things about their love life as nothing is cringeworthy about it. No one told you that you had to watch them. Most fans love everything about the couple so to insult the character is ridiculous. Genie is also great when she’s fighting with Valentin,she believes he killed her son & shot & almost killed Kevin among a lot of other things & he’s still lying to Nina. Cassadines never change! He deserves what he gets!

Dan
Dan

Love Genie, love that she’s back home on GH where she belongs. Hope it lasts for a long time this go around, and I hope they give her the quality stories that an iconic character such as Laura deserves. The ratings were up +185,000 for the week she returned, which should be further evidence of how valuable she is to the show.

I’m proud to be one of the many that took to social media to voice my displeasure with the powers that be after the disgraceful way Genie was treated by ABC earlier this year, and I’m glad to know that she read a lot of those comments, and knows how much she is loved by the GH fans.

Patrick
Patrick

respectfully : I laud her return… w/ Spencer.. and the loveable dashing “Kevin”

why did the writers have to show laura “smothering” “kevin / Ryan” UGH this gave no breathing room to flesh out RYAN.. WITH Jon Lindstrom has enlivened… sparked… and gave room for pause at all Ryan dark edgier self with stimulation HEAT UP the whole show… jeezus bejeezus.. you think that’s done with just Sonny / Jason / Franco / Michael / Finn ??? you are out of your mind dead on arrival

I WILL LOVE the familial bonding unite of Kevin / Laura / Spencer… TILL THEN.. dag… get Laura out of his life with her campaigning for Port Charles mayor’ .

LOL I just love how she shared with Scotty.. how it was even two weeks before she arrived that she “sensed” that Kevin .. was disgusted with her… I roared !!!! of course

yike … whether it turns out Ryan has a fetish with Ava… SINCE it was mentioned that Felica is on a cruise with big mac… or are they in the park again. GOD … how I hate the writing.. as once again… Carly is shook up with a “dream” about the person In the next room @Ferncliff… WHO SHOULD FRIGGIN CARE !!!! ???? ONCE AGAIN .. the writers , so weak.. are leading back to Carly … as the scene is ruined by her… balking @Kevin… once again.. is mentioning Kevin/ Ryan SOS morse coding… expletive

seriously.. expletive… @SHelly and Chris.. ie: Kim is asking … near pleading w/Sam… of all people to commiserate with.. as Sam, as with her mom and sisters.. is the soul virtue of doling out advice.. just to “make” Sam relevant… Kim is pleading with her to talk to her mom.. Alexis about representing Oscar in his neverending… same script over and over.. I have a tumor ???? !!!! WE KNOW … live out your life.. show something seedy.. bucket list something… if this is all about just his lamenting fervor over “Josslyn” eff it. I was livid as once again.. Shelly and Chris are so weak.. as they keep on refocusing on irrelevant scenes as Carly is laying it on too quickly @ Liz… since Josslyn and Cameron are now coupling…. HOW EFFING PISSED is it to watch Carly over bearing over driving over her period.. someone on that show needs to mow her over.

back to Sam… as she’s steering her experience about how Jason had his brain tumor .. how she KNOWS what Kim may be going thru… eff this

Sam and CArly for the win… come one .. this show is dullard all over it…

GH new leading ladies.. : Kim / Liz / Terri / Britta / Bobbi / Felicia …

@Shelly and Chris : GET A LIFE
@ ABC / Disney / GH : FIRE Frank Valentini

AVP
AVP

Agreed. All roads lead back to Carly somehow-Ferncliff (Kevin/Ryan), Cameron, Joss, Oscar (Carly darkening Liz’s doorstep), etc. The writers find any reason to give Laura Wright material. Why? She stomps in and out of scenes, flips her hair, and giggles after every line. Did she go to Julliard, too, along with her boyfriend?

Harry
Harry

Jon Lindstrom is so damn good. Today he had a cold and sinister expression wash over his features as he confronted Mary-Pat at the bar. Give this man a contract!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed!

rose
rose

Harry…and his transformation is so subtle.

Lillian
Lillian

Happy she is back. Felt cheated when she left the show. The powers that be had made the wrong move. Lesser people could have been axed. Like the silly story of Nellie.. That played out so long. Keep the favorites and get rid of the lesser players. Really miss Tony Geary and Jane Elliot. And killing off young people,why write them off some other way.

AVP
AVP

How I wish I was alive during the Luke and Laura explosion! I have watched a lot of clips on YouTube of Luke and Laura, and Laura and Scotty. It’s not the same as watching it as it unfolded in the late 70’s-early 80’s, however. Daytime Royalty! The Gloria Monty era was amazing. I wish we could have that acting, writing, and storytelling, today.

Rodd
Rodd

Loved the interview! Thank you. Here’s hoping that Laura is the one who figures out Ryan is posing as Kevin. Carly can discover it a beat behind Laura, but Laura is where the money-plot, the pay-off, is.

And I DO hope she runs for Mayor and wins.

Tori
Tori

Amen!

Timmm
Timmm

Well, good luck Genie without Tony by your side! ONE annoying scene already is when Laura goes to Alexis to ask her opinion on if Laura should run for Mayor? [Snore!] What I hated is Nancy Lee Grahn got HER opportunity to bash the President, hearing her commentary on what SHE thinks makes a good politician. I cannot stand her!

Soaphound
Soaphound

In addition to that, Timmm, is it just me or is Alexis not that great a lawyer? It feels like every client hears the same disclaimer: “I’m tough, but we’re probably going to lose. Diane/Scotty/whatever D.A. is in office will play dirty and I just wanna let you know our chances are slim”. Who wants to hear that Debbie Downer diatribe? Little wonder that Sam and Christina are depressants as well.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOVE not only the character Alexis (Soaphound, Alexis has always been known to be a great lawyer)…

But, I LOVE Nancy Lee Grahn. She sees Trump for what he is and speaks her mind loud, clear and emphatically! She has a decency about her and, like so many of us, almost crumbled with despair when Trump stumbled his way into the presidency after losing the popular vote… but quickly picked herself up and has been an outspoken voice of reason in this sea of madness. I’m grateful for those like her in the public eye who can give voice to what so many of us are feeling (and reeling)… who speak of the atrocities that we’ve witnessed since this “president” took office who watch with horror and disbelief and sense of the surreal. If a reality show “celebrity”/Ms. America pageant owner, can become president I think soap actors can express their views (as should we all). Silence is not always golden.

Love you, Nancy!

Timmm
Timmm

DO NOT use Soaphound or any other poster here to respond to my opinion indirectly because YOU disagree with ME and you dont have the guts to reply to ME! No matter how many times Michael wants to change this site, two things will never change, YOU love Hillary, hate TRUMP and you are a strong representative of womens liberation. Thats fine, thats your right but PLEASE DO NOT respond to me using other peoples posts. I am being kind here and want no battles here. I disagree with what you post all the time but I steer clear! I am here to talk soaps. Nancy Lee and her liberal Hollywood buddies had to insert what makes a “Perfect” political leader and it was BS!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I didn’t respond to your post “indirectly.” I responded to you and also responded to Soaphound.

I could care less about Hillary at this point. She’s not the issue. Old news. Not even a thought in my mind. My thoughts on Trump would be the same if he was born into the position and never ran against anyone. If you don’t see what’s happened in this country since he took office; if you don’t think neo nazis marching and Breitbart being invited into the White House is horrific..if you don’t think senators getting shot at softball practice, a president defending an accused pedophile or pushing through a judge accused of sexual assault is despicable, if you think it’s okay for the president to publicly mock the woman who was assaulted, if you think it’s okay for Trump to be more concerned with elections and the “adoration” of his base than the attempted assassinations of past presidents, a vice president, a news outlet, and numerous other people; that’s on you. But don’t freaking scream at me or tell me what I can or can’t respond to!

And, I’m not a “representative” of women’s lib. Do you just pull these things out of your a…, errrr, hat? What? Because I hate ageism and I detest this president that connotes to you a womens lib representative? Or, maybe anyone who agrees with “metoo” is a “representative” to you.

Get off it. You’re on a public forum. If you decide to throw a disgruntled comment like “she bashed the president” into your GH comment, then you shouldn’t be surprised if you opened a can of worms. You’re enraged because I bashed Trump; you should be enraged BECAUSE of Trump and his egotistical, narcissistic, as-usual unpresidential reaction in a time of crisis.

I don’t even know what you’re talking about with Nancy; are you talking about the character Alexis? Did she make a reference? Well, art imitates life. It’s no secret how many have either left his adminisration either due to firing, corruption or their self realization that they couldn’t work under this man.. Republicans who secretly cringe when he opens his mouth but keep silent? They’re hoping it’ll win them their own elections.

But Nancy didnt utter the lines you’re so angry about. That’d be Alexis speaking tbe writers words. Whadaya think; Nancy just threw in her own opinion in the middle of a scene? Worry more about the nazis marching, children being separated from their parents, the elderly and disabled losing their benefits, meals on wheels, etc than an actress saying a line that pisses you off or a fellow American citizen who is disgusted with the lunacy thats erupted in this country due to the rhetoric of a man who applauds Gianforte for body slamming a reporter. Save your outrage for that!

Timmm
Timmm

Madam, you and I havent replied to one another in a couple years. Mr. Fairman ask that we not attack each other or else. Ok, since I almost disagree with everything you have said in the past, I stand clear on any of your posts. They often contain underlying opinions outside of the GH characters.

What TRUMP did and continues to do is shake up the country. Its not always going to be good when you make changes that both parties have fought over for years with NOTHING being resolved!

I actually enjoyed Alexis and Julian. They have moved on and I think Julian and Kim have a good re pore. What I dont like is Nancy Lee Grahn is a miserable women who doesnt appreciate the gift she has been given and the lives she could touch. She has an agenda and thats her business BUT dont insert your OWN opinions into a story as Alexis’s character. Just the same, if Sonny admired TRUMP, I wouldnt want Maurice talking about it on a soap.

One thing we will agree on is this is a public forum and we are blessed to be able to share our opinions. It should be limited to SOAPS and NOT politics. Just like GH, stick with the imaginary town of Fort Charles and drop your political agenda.

AVP
AVP

Timmm, I am a Conservative, too; and, although, I do not always agree with Trump, his tweets, and his behavior, I like that he is “shaking things up” in Washington.

Shay
Shay

@Sir Timmmbo…Applause, applause! My previous reply to you failed to post, but just wanted to give you a hand for your sentiments. If we cannot have a fair representation of all political points-of-view (that inevitably invite remarks and rebuttals which obviously do not comport with management’s particular ideology…) then just don’t allow any, period! All you did was rightly state an objection to something that had no business being part of GH, and in return we were subjected to the usual diatribe of propaganda about our president. Quite frankly, either this website should proclaim itself as a public relations arm of the DNC or ban the political chat for good and stick to soaps…as if that subject matter alone doesn’t cause enough problems in and of itself!

Timmm
Timmm

Sweet Shay, thank you, my pleasure. I just want to watch soaps and escape all the hate, negativity, and lies that I see in the news everyday!

Shay
Shay

You’re most welcome! And I could not agree with you more, Timmm! Even though I stay apprised on the latest news and remain immersed in my politics of choice, when it comes to my leisure time viewing, I want pure escapism…beautiful people in far off times and/or places who behave with a modicum of dignity and civility…I just wish GH still offered that like it once did….the last thing I care to encounter onscreen are soap actors lecturing the audience by interjecting their own personal spins in the guise of their characters on subjects that should be off-limits….Ditto for these threads….the all-too-familiar rants are both predictible and boring….time for some new storylines!!!!!

rose
rose

Rebecca1…Just to let you know I tried to respond to you on this thread, but I guess it wasn’t MF rated. And to be quite frank, I might not have sent it had I waited a few hours later (possibly too much angst in it), even though I meant everything I said. But I do agree with you on most issues.

Am liking Genie/Ryan story, Alexis, Aunt Stella, Oscar (tough situation…plus/minus on each side of the argument), Peter and Maxie, and even Carly/Thorncliffe right now. Just can’t warm up to Liz/Franco. Lukewarm to Anna/Finn, and Drew/Kim.

Try to keep hopeful.

Harry
Harry

In honor of Halloween, I am going to quote that drunk from Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” “It’s the end of the world!”
Seriously, I do think we realistically could be heading for a Civil War–these are frightening times. I have to turn off the news and turn on some good classic movies, or good music, or read a book. Sometimes, I watch the soaps for good old fashioned escapism. I think we need escapism more than ever right now, hence, I am not going to discuss politics in here as I did in the past. We cannot change each other’s minds and all we do is create more divisiveness.

rose
rose

Harry…Like you I am not following the news chapter verse anymore. I get the highlights, and then try to go about a saner life. Speaking of the good old classic movies, interesting to see how many of them dealing with social/cultural/money issues are being echoed in what’s happening today. Seems we don’t easily learn from history’s mistakes. They do seem to repeat themselves, but at a much more accelerated, destructive rate now a days. But I refuse to give up hope that this too shall pass to more enlightened things that stick, at least in between cycles. :))

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I did the same thing, Harry–turned off the news and watched 3 movies in a row one day! Hitchcock had something there!

Timmm
Timmm

I just absolutely love the movie “The Birds!”

rose
rose

Harry…I do much of the same. Notice how some of the older good classic movies themes seem as if they could be made today. Or welcome surprises like actors when they were younger. I just saw Anna Lee /lila Quartemaine in “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.” And from past comments you’ve written, I think we can agree on some of our music favorites. Have a good day.

Harry
Harry

PERK! Rose, how did you know one of my favorite movies of all time is “The Ghost of Mrs Muir”? I just hear the strings of the theme song shoring up as if it were opening up on the “foam of magic casements of fairy lands forlorn,” (John Keats)and I instantly have tears welling up in my eyes. How can I resist a movie which features the ghost of a sea captain quoting Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale”? The chemistry between Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney is through the roof. And who can resist little Natalie Wood playing Anna Muir. Lucy’s daughter? I think the saddest part is when the Captain has to say goodbye to Lucy, whom he calls Lucia. “What we could have had, Lucia……Goodbye my dear,” he says and he leaves her slumbering body and disappears into the sea scape. Lucy decides that the sea captain was a mere dream and she dreamed the novel she wrote,”Blood and Swath.” And of course, Lucy has to choose that dandy beautifully played by the iconic George Sands. And of course he turns out to be a scoundrel and an adulterer. Poor Lucy. Choosing reality over dreams will let you down every time.

rose
rose

Harry…Oh yes to what you have said, with another kleenex time with happy tears when Daniel takes Lucia’s hand at the end to go to all the adventures they would ever want. Only rivaled by Heathcliffe and Catherine going to the moors. Felt sad when Anna Muir’s post on the beach succumbed to the weathering over the years. Also loved Gene Tierney in Laura. And George Sanders in anything. And I chose dreams.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

This posted too soon, don’t know how to delete, so just edited it all out.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

rebecca 1, You have my vote. Wish I could speak as you do. I also like Nancy Grahn not only as Alexis, but also as a sane voice among the crazies. She isn’t the one stirring up trouble, causing friends and families alike into a frenzy that is effecting our whole country. When have we ever seen so much violence and unrest? It has already affected my own family, causing dissension and discord, and yes even tears. He will not be satisfied, until we are all at each others throats, with some families sadly torn apart. It’s very sad that in all my 86 years I can not remember when we, as Americans have not stood together to fight off the enemy, but are now being bullied by a president to fight each other, turning us into gladiators for the “king’s” amusement. God, save us all!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello Dear Rebecca! I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. So glad that we share fandom of Nancy Lee Grahn/Alexis! I’m also pleased that Genie Francis is back, although frankly they don’t deserve her. This is actually my 3rd attempt to reply to you in this thread. The first 2 posts didn’t make the cut… I was attempting to give you backup/compliments on your posts. Suffice it to say that I share your views and you have my utmost respect. 🙂

(Now, come on, Censors, that was pretty harmless, wasn’t it?)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi sweet James! Soooo sorry I took this long to get back to you! I kept meaning to, replied to someone else but then didn’t return here for a while. And, I THINK I DID see another post from you; a little different than this one but now I don’t see it. Nell’s disappearing ink?

Anyway, I ALWAYS appreciate your support and it’s comforting to know that on this anonymous site there are those of us who share a common sensibility and therefore probably very similar morals, values, way of looking at the world.

It’s posters like you that make me wish we had pics/profiles (like FB) so that we’d have the option of actually friending someone. I guess we’ll have to be content with forming pictures in our minds and enjoying a more cerebral, virtual reality connection!

Much respect and a virtual hug! 😉

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hey Rebecca! Thank you for your warm, friendly reply. I certainly didn’t mean to be a pest. I just wanted to alert you to my attempts at leaving replies to you and the one that got through. I agree with you on the whole profile/friending thing. But it’s still refreshing and satisfying to have a friend in you, in which we share important commonalities. Best to you and your loved ones.

Hugs to you as well!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Jamesj75…you’re NEVER a pest! And if I might take this chance to rhyme…never, ever! LOL! (hey! so it wasn’t one of my more creative endeavors..whud aboud it!!!?) 😉

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

LOL! Just a quick note to say: Thank you, Rebecca! It is always a pleasure… 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Genie is NOT the writer of the dialogue. IF it’s SNNNNNNNNORE-worthy, it’s not the actor’s fault. Duh!

Tori
Tori

Genie doesn’t need Tony to stand & sparkle on her own. She’s great with the whole cast & I adore her with Jon Lindstrom. TPTB brought the actor back as a love interest for Laura & fans are so glad they did seeing their chemistry is off the charts! If you don’t like the characters don’t watch them because thousands of fans love them. Laura would be a great mayor & I love her hate relationship with the lying Valentin who she believes killed her son,almost killed Kevin,tried to kidnap Spencer & did horrible things to Lulu but paid never paid for it. He’s scared of Laura & they both work so well together. The best thing #GH ever did was bring Laura/Genie back to the show!

KMB
KMB

I’m really glad Genie is back. I can’t help but think though, that Laura (as well as others) will be angry and upset with Kevin when this whole thing is over. He kept Ryan’s existence a secret thereby allowing the devastation that Ryan will most likely cause to happen. Will their marriage survive? What I would love to see happen is that Stephen Nichols is brought back as Stefan. Whether or not he is placed in Laura’s orbit I do not know. I just know that I would love him back!

tori
tori

I feel Laura would forgive Kevin because she’ll realize the connection he’s had to curing his brother for so long because of his love for him & she’ll eventually come around to understand why he did what he did. He didn’t intentionally want to hurt anyone & if Laura could forgive Luke for all the below board things he did she’d definitely forgive Kevin. I also would love Stephen Nichols to return to #GH. I love his & Laura’s love story & they were my favorite couple when they were both on the show. He was a breath of fresh air & he alone destroyed L&L for the most part which I enjoyed immensely!

RoseKelly
RoseKelly

Thank you for doing the interview w/ Genie. I’ve loved her version on Laura since she started the show in 1977. She’s one of the reasons I stuck around over the decades and I always watch when she is on. They’ve given her a home, let her interact w/ the other characters. Laura has more connections to Port Charles and General Hospital (and a longer one) than any other character. They need to play up those connections.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Amen, RoseKelly!

Tori
Tori

Agreed!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Mr. Fairman, thank you for your excellent interview with the iconic, gracious, classy, talented Genie Francis!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Goes double for me. And I am sad and disappointed to see some of the negative comments about Genie posted above.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Nancy. I am in complete agreement with you.

Tori
Tori

I’m very disappointed to regarding the negative comments made about Laura/Genie. I totally disagree with them because to me Genie is #GH & she plays a wonderful character. She’s grown older & stronger & people can’t handle it. She doesn’t need Luke to fight her battles or save her anymore he even said it to her that she’s a woman now no longer a young girl. I love her with Kevin,they make a dynamic couple who are so adorable together,romantic,funny,great friends,caring,loyal that they’ll make each other better people in the long run.
Both will learn from this Ryan/Kevin storyline. He couldn’t let his brother go under any circumstances not realizing what could happen if Ryan ever got loose & Laura will come around to understand his plight & the fact he probably wanted to tell her but was so deeply in he didn’t know how without everyone finding out which will have many consequences in the long run. If anyone can forgive Kevin it’s Laura,she forgave Luke when she found out about him sleeping with Holly and having a child with her & totally accepted him & Luke lied to her so many times but time and time again & took off or disappeared without telling her where he was going or how long he’d be gone etc. She always forgave him. Kevin should be forgiven if you knew what it was like walking in his shoes having to see your sibling going totally mad for all the abuse he received & feeling your love & help could cure him. I wish Kevin could of cured Ryan.

AVP
AVP

I like Laura, too. I just wish they dressed her better. She’s a beautiful woman. They dress her like an old lady!

Shay
Shay

@AVP…..I thought the day Laura returned to Port Charles she looked fabulous! Very chic, albeit quite modest. But then, that’s just our Laura….she’s always been attired tastefully and respectably, which sadly sometimes does read a bit boring and too matronly. However, it certainly doesn’t have to be that way….”she” should take a page out of Anna’s book and wear clean lines and classic styles…they never go out of fashion and are both ageless and timeless! Having said that, Laura was never one of those va-va-voom types, even in her youth! She is certainly not going to parade around town ala Alexis in some hoochie-coochie-cleavage-baring get-up! Laura’s a lady!!! Whoa, whoa, whoa, she’s a LADY!!!!

rose
rose

I’m enjoying the Laura/Kevin/Ryan story, even though it can get a little spooky. Especially seeing the Thorncliffe head nurse again, even though she was only collecting her belongings. Plus they are letting her have another run at being Mayor on issues important to her. Yea!

Harry
Harry

Tori and Rose I think Genie Frances is vastly under rated as an actress. Yesterday when talking to Lulu she had tears in her eyes as she tried to restrain her emotions. I felt so bad for her! If only she knew that Ryan actually saved her by dumping her. Now he has his sights on Ava, and left her a love note in her gallery the way a cat leaves a dead mouse for his person at the door step.
Now speaking of Ryan….who would have thunk he could be so crafty? Martha Stewart has nothing on him! That was the most creative apple bobbing approach I ever did see. And that little crafty over-achiever wasn’t done yet! He hand made his own Scarecrow and placed it in Ava’s gallery. I thnk we should call it a ScareAva!!!

rose
rose

Harry…Yes, Genie has shown great range in her scenes since she ha been back. I really liked it when she confronted Valantin Cassadine. Just think it’s taking Laura a long time to think Kevin/Ryan was avoiding her. And love the scenes with her and Spencer. Still think Spencer might play a role in outing Ryan impersonating Kevin.
And as much as I don’t like blood and gore, have to admit Ryan might have outdone Martha in how he displayed Mary Pat. Not sure if he wants Ava to be Bonny to his Clyde, or whether he is setting her up for his masterpiece. Thanks for the distraction. :))

Brenda B
Brenda B

We are so happy to have Genie back on our screens!!

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Thrilled Genie is back ! She is the reason I continue to watch. Unfortunate they are making the character prop Carly

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, I wanted Genie’s Laura to discover on her own about Ryan’s deception. Only fitting and proper that she do so. She savvy and smart with lots of moxie.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

I’m extremely thrilled to have Genie the Actress and Laura the character back! Im the most intrigued about Laura’s role in “The Cassadine Watch” Story. I’ve always preferred to see Laura in stories that involve intrigue , danger and The Cassadines.

Tori
Tori

Love anything Laura/Cassadine especially Stefan/Laura or Nikolas/Laura! Hope both are returning with Stephen Nichols/Tyler Christopher as the characters!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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